Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities

The new Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities program funds solar and battery back-up power so community buildings can provide essential services when the power goes out. Grants support installation as well as planning work for solar plus storage systems at community buildings, including schools, community centers, libraries, and other buildings owned by local, state, tribal governments and non-profits in Washington. Technical assistance opportunities help communities prepare to apply for future grant funding opportunities.
Commerce is launching the program with two opportunities: grant funding for communities to plan and install solar plus storage systems, and funding for service providers who will assist communities in developing projects for future funding opportunities. Technical assistance opportunities for communities are coming soon.

Funding Opportunities

Grant Opportunity – Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities

Commerce is accepting grant applications for the 2023 Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities program with up to $35.4 million available. Applications are due by March 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm PT. This opportunity will include two tracks: Track 1: Planning and pre-development grants are available for projects that identify sites, complete community outreach and engagement to identify community needs, complete feasibility studies, or develop cost estimates, specifications, or other

Community Outreach and Feasibility Consultant Request for Proposals

Commerce is also accepting proposals from service providers who can provide feasibility studies and outreach services to communities interested in developing solar plus battery storage infrastructure to provide backup power for community buildings. Proposals are due at 5:00pm on February 15. Community Outreach and Feasibility Consultant Request for Proposals (RFP) Register for Pre-Proposal Conference: January 31, 2022 from 2:00pm (on Zoom) Timeline Q&A Period: January 13-February 3, 2023 Pre-Proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance

In addition to competitive grants, Commerce will offer additional technical assistance opportunities available for a limited number of communities at no cost. Communities will receive assistance with site specific feasibility analysis and community energy resilience planning, helping them to prepare for future funding opportunities. Information on how to request these opportunities is coming soon.